How to ease your nagging backache

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Apr 292015

Ever since I fell pregnant with the twins in 2008 I have been struggling with a sore back. Many broken nights, busy days with lots of cleaning and lifting, a huge baby bump, heavy babies to carry on my hip, a lack of core muscles and a big tummy muscle separation, another two pregnancies… all added up it is no surprise that these days my back is not what it used to be and it has been causing me a lot of grief.

Over the years I have tried many things to help relieve my backache and I would love to share my three (very Aussie) top tips with you:

OZ MattressTake a closer look at your mattress
Gently bounce on your mattress, inspect it closely and feel around with your hands. It is likely the springs are no longer as bouncy as they were in the beginning and you are probably sleeping in a sunken spot leaving your back in an unnatural position night after night. After a long, long, long time of waking up exhausted with a sore back and hips hubby and I recently swapped our old, used up mattress for a strong, sturdy, supportive new mattress and the difference is ah-ma-zing.

When we tried out some of the mattresses in stores I could immediately feel the welcome support in much needed places, I realised that I no longer wanted to wake up feeling like a bruised and battered old lady. Yes a new mattress doesn’t come cheap but it is a long-term investment and when you divide the total cost over every night, week and year you will be sleeping on it it is absolutely worth every cent. When mattress shopping make sure to shop local and support an Australian made and owned product like Oz Mattress.

MyOki Wheat Bag ScarfeUse a wheat bag
A good, decent size heat bag is probably one of the fastest ways to ease your nagging backache. It’s easy to use, effective and you can use it on other sore body parts too. I have been using a Lavender MyOki Wheat Bag Scarfe to provide much needed relief for my shoulders and back and it works a treat, it is soft and comfortable against the skin and it smells absolutely delicious.

The unique shape of the MyOki allows you to wear it as a scarfe around your neck or wrap it across your back or waist, wherever you could use the warm, soothing relief of 1.2kgs of certified Australian Bio-Dynamic Wheat. Want to swap your heat pack for a cool pack? You can cool the MyOki in the freezer too, now that’s what I call a real versatile design!

Bosisto's Eucalyptus RubTry a soothing muscular rub
Just like the wheat bag Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Rub is only a temporary solution but is affordable, easy to use and widely available. This warm and soothing muscular rub smells divine and it rubs in easily (plus it’s the perfect excuse to ask hubby for a back massage). Within a minute or two your back will start to warm up and your muscles will start to feel better very quickly.

I love how something simple and natural as Australian Eucalyptus oil has so many great uses! Both hubby and I use the Bosisto’s rub regularly and are big fans.

Do you have another great tip for beating a nagging backache? Let me know, I’d love to try it out.

Jan 082015


As you may remember a few months ago I told you how Lightning’s Euca gets your laundry clean the natural way. Well the experts at Lightning do more than clean dirty washing, they clean and care for your skin too using some of nature’s best cleaning supplies like eucalyptus, calendula oil and tea tree oil:

Fresh Hand CleanerPulling out weeds, planting vegetables, digging up dirt, cleaning the gutters, scrubbing the barbecue, servicing the car… it’s the season for dirty jobs outside and while they have to be done no one likes to be left with grubby hands afterwards. Fresh Hand Cleaner (RRP $8.95, 500ml) contains pure eucalyptus oil and fine pumice, known for their natural penetrating and emulsifying properties, to get rid of sticky, stinky diesel, grease, oil, ink, sap and much more. This fragrant cleaner has a grainy texture that helps dissolve soils and can even be used without water.

Lightning BarrierIf you, like me, have a loved one who works with greasy tools you have probably noticed that some horrible messes just won’t get off your hands, no matter how many times you wash them. Rubbing some of the handy New Age Barrier Cream (RRP $11.95, 500ml) on your hands and arms before you head into the workshop stops nasties from sticking to your hands and getting into your skin. It’s a simple prevention that will save you lots of scrubbing when your shift is done.

Lightning ReviveWe’ve put one of these New Age Revive Skin Conditioner (RRP $9.95, 500ml) pump flacons in a convenient location in our home so we always have a dollop of soothing cream on hand, perfect for when hubby’s psoriasis plays up, your skin has seen a bit too much sun (that happens easily this time of year), little scratches, small grazes or dry patches. Containing both calendula oil and tea tree oil it is a rehydrating, calming cream for the whole family without yucky synthetic perfumes.

To find out more about Lightning, to browse the range and to order online visit, for a limited time shipping is free Australia wide.

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Jun 212014


When you have four young, and very messy, children, laundry takes up the majority of your household chores. Sorting, washing or soaking, hanging, drying, folding and tidying it all away, it is an endless cycle at our house and sometimes clothes don’t even make it back into the cupboard. We do at least one load of washing a day and when you go through laundry products as fast as we do you can’t help but wonder what exactly you are putting in your washing machine every time you add another scoop…

Research has shown that the majority of washing powder contains large amounts of fillers, petrochemical surfactants and synthetic perfumes, doing damage to your washing machine, your clothing and your (and your family’s) health. Euca wants to turn the powder white world of laundry products upside down and inform Aussie families about what’s really in their favourite detergent.

Euca Laundry LiquidEuca Lightning Products contain Australian eucalyptus oil, well known for its pleasant fragrance and excellent cleaning and anti bacterial qualities, and are 100% soluble. Free from synthetic perfumes, phosphates and enzymes and significantly lower in sodium Euca Laundry Liquid is safer and healthier for your family, better for your washing machine and the environment and ideal for grey water and septic systems. Being 100% concentrate and suitable for cold water you need less of it and use less energy too!

Euca Laundry PowderEuca Laundry Powder is by far the easiest laundry powder you’ll find in Australia. Whether you have a front loader or top loader, you want your laundry bright than bright, darker than dark or have got a mixed load, whether you wash hot or cold or need a grey water friendly option, Euca has got everyone and everything covered with one great laundry product. If you or your family members have sensitive skin or suffer from allergies all natural Euca Laundry Powder is perfect for you.

Depending on your washing machine (top or front loader) and your load (light, medium or heavy soiled) you can get up to 100 washes out of a 2kg pack ($11.95), making Euca a very economical choice for eco conscious families. Larger sizes and refill packages are available for even better value for money.

Euca Laundry SoakerAs most mums will know some stains do need a bit of extra attention, if you have one of these tricky spots to fight Euca Soaker is just what you need. You can add it to your normal load as brightening booster, use it to make up a powerful cleaning paste or create a pre-wash spray; one product, many uses. Unlike most other laundry brighteners it contains no harsh chlorine bleaches so you can get your dirty laundry clean without the nasty chemicals.

Next time you browse the laundry aisle in your local supermarket look further than the size of the box. Don’t pay for fillers, chemicals and other unnecessary ingredients, shop smart and safe with Euca.

To find out more about Euca, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

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Jun 012013

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With four children in the house it is always busy. They’re a gorgeous bunch but they make lots of mess and dirty laundry, it is almost impossible to keep up with it and if one or more of them are sick it is even harder. Especially now that the twins are attending kindy they often come home with coughs and colds, I can’t avoid that but at least I know I can jump right in and fight back with Bosisto’s, also known as ‘The Parrot’.

I discovered Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil a few years ago and over time I have found more and more uses for this great 100% natural Australian product. Most people will know Eucalyptus Oil mainly for its healing and relieving properties during cold and flu season, something every Australian family struggles with when it comes to winter time. Whether you use a steam inhaler, vapouriser, nasal inhaler or throat lozenge, you can count on Bosisto’s to bring much needed relief.

The Bosisto’s range is full of great products but we have a few hot favourites that we can’t go without. When my kids struggle to sleep due to a blocked nose we always turn on our vapouriser with a dash of the Bosisto’s EucoSteam Inhalant. We really swear by it, that’s why we have 3 vapourisers: one for every kids’ bedroom! It helps clear their nose so they can sleep better and they wake up more rested, much less miserable and able to battle the cold.

But there is more, much more, to Eucalyptus Oil than meets the eye. We always have a can of Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray in the laundry cupboard to help me get rid of stubborn stains on our laundry, in particular the green knees the kids come home with. It leaves the laundry smelling naturally clean and I don’t have to worry about my children’s sensitive skin plus at just $8.50 a can it’s very affordable and lasts ages.

I use the same spray to freshen up the toilet and clean door handles, not only because it smells lovely but also because it kills 99.9% of germs. Then there is the cat basket and litter tray, places that can get a little smelly and harbour germs you’d rather not have in your house and again Bosisto’s saves the day. For sticky residue and mysterious marks that just won’t budge I put a few drops of Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil on a cloth and it always works a treat.

Bosistos RubLast but not least a little tip from hip hubby: Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Rub. If you’re really under the weather and you’re sore all over this warm, soothing rub offers temporary relief for sore muscles so you can handle the day a little better. He keeps a jar on his bedside table and uses it not only when sick and sore but also after doing heavy work around the house and in the garden. It rubs in easily and doesn’t leave you with marks on clothes or greasy hands.

To find out more about Bosisto’s Eucalyptus, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

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Jun 092012

Have you ever been to a great new store or tried a good product, only to find out that 6 months later the store has closed down or the product has been discontinued? This happened to me a few times and it always left me wondering what was wrong with the product/store, if it really was that good it would still be out there for everyone to enjoy. In saying that, when a brand has been around for 160 years I can think you can safely say that you’ve got a winner and Bosisto’s is definitely here to stay.

You can find ‘The Parrot’ in most households across Australia and even beyond, I know I have sent my husband to the shop with ‘Parrot oil’ on his list (very easy to remember). The 100% natural eucalyptus oil has many different uses so we always have some in the house. The Bosisto’s range contains a wide range of eucalyptus products and you’ll be surprised to know how often eucalyptus can be useful in your home.

One of my favourite Bosisto’s products is the Eucalyptus Spray, a lovely natural way to refresh the mattresses and pillows when changing the beds. It does not only leave a wonderful clean smell but also kills household dust mites, a double win. But the spray can be used for other things too, like as a mosquito repellent, as a pre-wash stain remover or a quick way to remove sticky residue from stickers and labels.

To celebrate 160 years of Bosisto’s in Australia  one lucky Hip little one reader will win a massive Bosisto’s prize pack valued at $160. It is filled with the big Bosisto’s favourites for you and your home. A handy ‘hints & tips’ is included so you can really get the most out of your eucalyptus products.

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